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Poster: radiotech Date: Feb 22, 2014 1:12pm

By David Ferber


If you’re an adult (i.e. anyone not in high school) you live on the same planet as Elliot Graves – but you certainly don’t inhabit the same world...

Elliot Graves’s life revolves around his room, school, Goth chick friend Sacha and stoner buddy Alan. On the surface it’s a fairly typical, moderately alienated teenage world, except that Elliot is also a magnet for trouble. It seeks him out – whether it is car thieves, drug pushers, stalkers or nasty teachers – and Elliot is thrust into circumstances that grab him by the apathetic scruff of his neck and give him a good hard shake. He is a highly moral chap (in a selfish kind of way) and when Elliot stumbles over trouble he feels compelled to set things right (in a confused sort of way.) And he generally succeeds (in an amusing and inventive kind of way.)

Welcome to the mysterious life of Elliot Graves, the brainchild of 19 year-old Winnipeg writer, David Ferber. The series was produced in Toronto and Winnipeg by Tom Anniko.


17 November – 8 December 2002.


01 17 November 2002 Pass The Cheesecake
It’s back to school for Elliot Graves and, alas, it’s also back to the same grade. Ignoring the mixed signals from his best friend Sacha, Elliot obsesses over Katie, the resident Grade 11 hottie. Last year Katie liked Elliot, but this year
she barely notices him. Inevitably, Elliot develops a terrible case of wanting something he can’t have. Someone has alienated Katie’s possible affections and Elliot sets out to discover who. Sacha is initially upset, but when she discovers the identity of Katie’s secret lover, she too becomes part of Elliot’s plan to break up the relationship.

02 24 November 2002 Rocking the Ganj
An undercurrent of violence is rippling through Elliot’s school. His best friend, the stoner Alan, is suddenly afraid to leave his house and Elliot – ever vigilant – sets out to discover why. He search leads to darkened Winnipeg parks and
grow-houses in scary suburbs. The only good plus to it all is that Elliot begins a romance with the rich and desirable Kim, who is very impressed with his reputation as a young man who puts evil to rest…

03 01December 2002 Stealer’s Wheel
Elliot’s romance with the rich and beautiful Kim is progressing, much to Sacha’s annoyance. One morning, Elliot wakes up at Kim’s house to find his car stolen and insults spray-painted on the garage. Elliot manages to track down his car – it has been sold to a wrecker. Recovering his money leads to near tragic results and Elliot learns that there is a price to be paid for his moral crusading.

04 08 December 2002 When It Alteration Finds
Elliot’s Goth pal Sasha is receiving a series of increasingly disturbed messages in her locker. They all quote from Romeo and Juliet and are accompanied by small gifts. Sasha is initially flattered, until she receives a vial of blood. The
messages all refer to Valentine’s Day, which is fast approaching, and Elliot and Sasha need to find the identity of the sender before February 14 – because all signs indicate that the Sasha’s stalker has some real evil planned for that
day. Their frantic search brings Elliot and Sasha closer together and Elliot – for the first time – begins to act out his feelings in a relatively open and honest way.


09 February 2004 - 01 March 2004

01 09 February 2004 The Bad Lieutenant
Today we continue with the Elliot Graves mystery series. This is the first of four new episodes written for CBC Radio. You know the saying. Follow your nose. It can lead you to memories of your mother's kitchen. Trouble is it can also move you to speculate about your significant other's whereabouts. Or if you are like Elliot Graves , kind of nosing around...it can lead you into trouble.

Elliot, his Goth-girlfriend Sasha and their stoner buddy Alan are camped out at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. It's raining, Elliot has just been mugged and he's also suspicious that their happy little threesome is also a triangle of a very different nature. But then he is diverted by an encounter with his old cop pal Chin, and Elliot suddenly realizes that some bigger things are going down amidst the rain-sodden folkies.

02 16 February 2004 Father Knows Best
Elliot has a job and employer he likes, but Liz's business establishment may not last long. Someone is terrorizing the merchants of her district, driving down the real estate prices. And that's not all that's bothering our hero '“ Elliot's old girlfriend Sasha's old father has just returned from the blue '“ and he's up to some nasty old tricks.

03 23 February 2004 Justified Means
Elliot's brother Charlie is in huge financial trouble. His wife is pregnant and he's about to lose his house to back taxes. When Charlie takes drastic (and illegal) measures to save his fledgling family, Elliot must embark on his own, highly risky version of a brotherly intervention.

04 1 March 2004 The Quick And The Dead
Elliot is pulled in about a dozen directions - by his girlfriend Kim and his (other) girlfriend Sasha. The only place he finds peace of mind is behind the wheel of his hot little car, road racing. But then a street contest turns tragic and once again Elliot is forced to make some difficult moral choices.

Elliot Graves written by David Ferber and starred Jacob Tierney as Elliot Kirsten Fairley as Sasha Peter Costigan as Alan Ho Chow as Det. Chin Shannon Lawson as Wendy Colin O'Meara as Officer Norton also in the cast were Tony Munch, Glenn Bang and Richard Clarkin

Series Script editor Dave Carley The Engineers Wayne Richards and Marc Demers SFX by Marc Demers Production assistance by Rosie Fernandez Elliot Graves Produced by Tom Anniko The Executive Producer Damiano Pietropaolo
[Series Two]